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Metro Buses Helping Hand card scheme gives people more confidence

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Metrobuses Helping Hand Scheme is designed to give customers a helping hand when using the bus services; a simple way to help the drivers help you.

The scheme is very simple to use and has been promoted by many businesses in the area including Wings Mobility who have supported it by relaying the information on their website.

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The purpose is to provide a simple and easy way of communicating to drivers of a passengers needs, which may include requiring a seat or informing them of a particular disability.

One user, Marion from Ifield said of the scheme, “I find it so simple to use and the card fits neatly in my handbag.  It makes me feel a little bit safer as well.”

Owner of Wings Mobility, Ajmer Phull said the reaction to the scheme showed how much support there is for disabled people in the town, “It’s wonderful to see such schemes in use.  We have put as much information on our site about it as we can and encourage everyone to have a look at what Metrobus is offering as it can really change peoples lives.”

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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